Full Day Colliery Driver Experience

£250 per person (lunch included)

Enjoy a unique experience as you learn to prepare and drive our Colliery Railway locomotive during the Colliery Driver Traditional Experience at Beamish.

Start your day at the Colliery Railway Engine Shed where you will clean and prepare the Locomotive and bring it into steam with expert tuition from a member of our Transport and Industry Team. They will take you through the history of the engine while you light the fire and complete the preparation routine.

You will then drive the Locomotive, under guidance, around one of the railway systems in our Colliery area. After lunch, as you become more familiar with the Locomotive we will couple up to a number of wagons to haul and shunt around the railway.

At the end of the day we return to the Shed to refuel the engine, carry out the disposal routine and then leave after another hard day’s work.

Course Dates:

This steam experience will be taking a break in 2020 so that the engines can have time to undergo some essential maintenance. We are hoping to have it up and running again towards the end of 2020, or in 2021. Please check our website and social media for updates.

Cost: £250

Included in your experience:

  • Morning tea break and a lunch voucher redeemable at the Sinkers’ Bait Cabin
  • Costume – we will provide you with overalls, and would recommend you bring an old shirt/jumper (as it will get dirty)!
  • Expert tuition from a member of our Transport and Industry Team, who will teach you the working and history of the Colliery Railway Locomotive 

Please note:

Participants must be aged 21 years and over, require safety shoes or boots and hold a full UK driving licence to take part.

The Colliery Driver Traditional Experience will be undertaken on either our standard gauge railway or our narrow gauge railway, both of which are in The Colliery area. The Locomotive used will be based on what is available at the time of the experience, and will dictate which railway is used.

Please click here to view Booking Terms & Conditions for Traditional Experiences at Beamish Museum.

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